Chris Cornell’s Widow Files Negligence Lawsuit Against His Doctor

The widow of Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May 2017 at age 52, has filed a lawsuit against the musician’s doctor, alleging that the doctor was negligent in prescribing a drug to Cornell that ultimately led to his suicide.

In court papers filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Vicky Cornell accuses Robert Koblin, M.D., of “negligently and repeatedly prescribing dangerous mind-altering controlled substances to Chris Cornell which impaired Mr. Cornell’s cognition, clouded his judgment and caused him to engage in dangerous impulsive behaviors that he was unable to control, costing him his life. At the time of his death, Mr. Cornell had everything to live for and was planning a future of recordings, performances and continued work as a charitable activist.”

According to the suit, Koblin began prescribing Cornell, who had a “well-known history of past substance abuse and chemical dependency,” lorazepam beginning in 2015, despite the fact that the anti-anxiety drug, which has a brand name of Ativan, “is a controlled substance and a benzodiazepine well-known for its risk of addiction and the worsening of substance abuse issues with protracted unmonitored use.”

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Specifically, the suit cites the FDA as saying that addiction-prone individuals “should be under careful surveillance” when receiving lorazepam and that adverse reactions include “suicidal ideation/attempt.”

The suit says that Cornell was prescribed more than 940 doses of the drug, and also various doses of oxycodone.

“Yet, at no time during this period did Dr. Koblin conduct a medical examination of Mr. Cornell, perform any laboratory studies, obtain an interim history or do any type of clinical assessment of Mr. Cornell,” the suit reads. “He did not even physically see or speak to Mr. Cornell during this period.”

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Koblin’s office had no comment on the suit when contacted by TheWrap on Thursday.

“In someone with a history of substance abuse and/or an addictive disorder like Mr. Cornell, lorazepam was known to increase the risk of suicide by severely impairing judgment and rational thinking and by lessening impulse control,” the suit reads. “As a consequence of the wrongdoing alleged herein, the world lost a musical icon and the Cornell family lost a beloved father and husband.”

Alleging negligence, willful misconduct and other counts, the suit seeks unspecified damages.

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Cornell was found dead in a Detroit hotel room following a Soundgarden concert on Thursday. The cause of death was ruled suicide by hanging.

In her own statement issued after Cornell’s death, Vicky Cornell said she was blindsided by the news. “Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend. His world evolved around his family first and of course, his music, second. He flew home for Mother’s Day to spend time with our family.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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The widow of Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May 2017 at age 52, has filed a lawsuit against the musician’s doctor, alleging that the doctor was negligent in prescribing a drug to Cornell that ultimately led to his suicide.

In court papers filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Vicky Cornell accuses Robert Koblin, M.D., of “negligently and repeatedly prescribing dangerous mind-altering controlled substances to Chris Cornell which impaired Mr. Cornell’s cognition, clouded his judgment and caused him to engage in dangerous impulsive behaviors that he was unable to control, costing him his life. At the time of his death, Mr. Cornell had everything to live for and was planning a future of recordings, performances and continued work as a charitable activist.”

According to the suit, Koblin began prescribing Cornell, who had a “well-known history of past substance abuse and chemical dependency,” lorazepam beginning in 2015, despite the fact that the anti-anxiety drug, which has a brand name of Ativan, “is a controlled substance and a benzodiazepine well-known for its risk of addiction and the worsening of substance abuse issues with protracted unmonitored use.”

Specifically, the suit cites the FDA as saying that addiction-prone individuals “should be under careful surveillance” when receiving lorazepam and that adverse reactions include “suicidal ideation/attempt.”

The suit says that Cornell was prescribed more than 940 doses of the drug, and also various doses of oxycodone.

“Yet, at no time during this period did Dr. Koblin conduct a medical examination of Mr. Cornell, perform any laboratory studies, obtain an interim history or do any type of clinical assessment of Mr. Cornell,” the suit reads. “He did not even physically see or speak to Mr. Cornell during this period.”

Koblin’s office had no comment on the suit when contacted by TheWrap on Thursday.

“In someone with a history of substance abuse and/or an addictive disorder like Mr. Cornell, lorazepam was known to increase the risk of suicide by severely impairing judgment and rational thinking and by lessening impulse control,” the suit reads. “As a consequence of the wrongdoing alleged herein, the world lost a musical icon and the Cornell family lost a beloved father and husband.”

Alleging negligence, willful misconduct and other counts, the suit seeks unspecified damages.

Cornell was found dead in a Detroit hotel room following a Soundgarden concert on Thursday. The cause of death was ruled suicide by hanging.

In her own statement issued after Cornell’s death, Vicky Cornell said she was blindsided by the news. “Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend. His world evolved around his family first and of course, his music, second. He flew home for Mother’s Day to spend time with our family.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Jared Leto Channels Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, Prince in Tribute Medley (Video)

Jared Leto is multitasking when it comes to paying tribute to recently deceased musical icons.

Leto and his band 30 Seconds to Mars did their part to honor Chris Cornell, Prince, David Bowie, Chester Bennington and other dead musicians during a performance recorded in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and published online Thursday.

The medley kicks off with Leto singing “Purple Rain,” the signature track by Prince, who died at age 57 last year from an overdose of the opioid fentanyl, before sliding into the Bowie song “Heroes.”

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Leto’s mashup also touches on the George Michael song “Freedom,” as well as the Linkin Park hit “Crawling” and the Soundgarden track “Black Hole Sun.”

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington died as a result of hanging himself at age 41 in July, while Bennington’s friend, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, died at age 52 in May, also after hanging himself.

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Jared Leto is multitasking when it comes to paying tribute to recently deceased musical icons.

Leto and his band 30 Seconds to Mars did their part to honor Chris Cornell, Prince, David Bowie, Chester Bennington and other dead musicians during a performance recorded in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and published online Thursday.

The medley kicks off with Leto singing “Purple Rain,” the signature track by Prince, who died at age 57 last year from an overdose of the opioid fentanyl, before sliding into the Bowie song “Heroes.”

Leto’s mashup also touches on the George Michael song “Freedom,” as well as the Linkin Park hit “Crawling” and the Soundgarden track “Black Hole Sun.”

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington died as a result of hanging himself at age 41 in July, while Bennington’s friend, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, died at age 52 in May, also after hanging himself.

Watch Leto’s performance in the video, and make sure to share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Chris Cornell’s 12-Year-Old Daughter Sings Tribute to Father and Chester Bennington (Video)

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Linkin Park was scheduled to perform at Central Park as part of the “Good Morning America’s” Summer Concert series, but due to lead singer Chester Bennington’s death, Chris Cornell’s daughter took its place.

Toni Cornell, 12, was joined by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder on Friday to perform a tribute to the Linkin Park frontman and her father, which brought the audience to tears.

The duo performed the classic song “Hallelujah,” a throwback to when Bennington, who was very close with Cornell, sang it as his funeral.

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“Chester sang this at Chris’ funeral, and this is arguably one of the greatest songs written in the last 50 years,” Tedder said. “It’s a very special song to us, and I think to most people and especially to Toni as well.”

“It’s an honor to perform this for my dad and Chester and to sing for them,” Toni Cornell said.

Bennington was found dead in his home in July 20 at the age of 41. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office ruled it a suicide.

July 20 was Cornell’s birthday.

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Bennington was good friends with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who was found dead in May. His death was also ruled a suicide.

Toni and her sister, 17-year-old Lillian Jean, penned letters to their father after his death.

“Daddy, Let me start by saying how much I love you and how much you mean to me,” Toni wrote.  “You are my idol, someone I’ve always looked up to. You were always there for me. You pushed me forward every day, and you still do.”

Watch the full performance above.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

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Linkin Park was scheduled to perform at Central Park as part of the “Good Morning America’s” Summer Concert series, but due to lead singer Chester Bennington’s death, Chris Cornell’s daughter took its place.

Toni Cornell, 12, was joined by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder on Friday to perform a tribute to the Linkin Park frontman and her father, which brought the audience to tears.

The duo performed the classic song “Hallelujah,” a throwback to when Bennington, who was very close with Cornell, sang it as his funeral.

“Chester sang this at Chris’ funeral, and this is arguably one of the greatest songs written in the last 50 years,” Tedder said. “It’s a very special song to us, and I think to most people and especially to Toni as well.”

“It’s an honor to perform this for my dad and Chester and to sing for them,” Toni Cornell said.

Bennington was found dead in his home in July 20 at the age of 41. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office ruled it a suicide.

July 20 was Cornell’s birthday.

Bennington was good friends with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who was found dead in May. His death was also ruled a suicide.

Toni and her sister, 17-year-old Lillian Jean, penned letters to their father after his death.

“Daddy, Let me start by saying how much I love you and how much you mean to me,” Toni wrote.  “You are my idol, someone I’ve always looked up to. You were always there for me. You pushed me forward every day, and you still do.”

Watch the full performance above.

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Korn Guitarist Slammed for ‘Tactless and Distasteful’ Comments About Chester Bennington

Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch is being slammed on social media for his “ignorant” and “distasteful” comments about the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.

“Honestly, Chester’s an old friend who we’ve hung with many times, and I have friends who are extremely close to him, but this is truly pissing me off!” Welch wrote on Facebook Thursday following the news about Bennington’s death. “How can these guys send this message to their kids and fans?! I’m sick of this suicide s—! I’ve battled depression/mental illness, and I’m trying to be sempethetic [sic], but it’s hard when you’re pissed! Enough is enough! Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!!”

Welch’s comments spawned tens of thousands of people to weigh in on his Facebook post.

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“While I can empathize with an overall frustration about the situation, I think that this is an incredibly tactless and distasteful approach to a very delicate and heart breaking scenario,” one user commented.

“Use your fame and celebrity to encourage anyone considering suicide to seek help, and not as a platform to be ignorant and condescending,” wrote another.

One other user added, “Wow. Expected more from someone who has battled depression. Not cowardly at all. At that particular moment they felt it was the ONLY way. Sad statement, hoping you amend it.

However, some rushed to the musician’s defense, writing, “I SO agree, Brian!!! Suicide doesn’t take your pain away, it gifts it to those you leave behind. A gift they can never return or escape from. A gift they may, ultimately, regift.”

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The comments prompted Welch to post another statement on Facebook, writing, “I didn’t mean to sound insensitive about Chester. Just dealing with a range of emotions today. Love you Chester. I’m pissed that you did this, but I know this could have been me back in the day after getting wasted one night.”

Bennington was found dead in his home Thursday morning at the age of 41. The death is being treated as an apparent suicide. Bennington was good friends with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who was found dead in May. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging.

According to the New York Daily News, Korn dedicated the song “Blind” to Bennington at a show in Massachusetts on Thursday.

“I want to dedicate this song tonight to all our homeboy Chester Bennington y’all,” lead singer Jonathan Davis said. “Y’ll make some noise for Chester. We love you brother!”

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Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch is being slammed on social media for his “ignorant” and “distasteful” comments about the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.

“Honestly, Chester’s an old friend who we’ve hung with many times, and I have friends who are extremely close to him, but this is truly pissing me off!” Welch wrote on Facebook Thursday following the news about Bennington’s death. “How can these guys send this message to their kids and fans?! I’m sick of this suicide s—! I’ve battled depression/mental illness, and I’m trying to be sempethetic [sic], but it’s hard when you’re pissed! Enough is enough! Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!!”

Welch’s comments spawned tens of thousands of people to weigh in on his Facebook post.

“While I can empathize with an overall frustration about the situation, I think that this is an incredibly tactless and distasteful approach to a very delicate and heart breaking scenario,” one user commented.

“Use your fame and celebrity to encourage anyone considering suicide to seek help, and not as a platform to be ignorant and condescending,” wrote another.

One other user added, “Wow. Expected more from someone who has battled depression. Not cowardly at all. At that particular moment they felt it was the ONLY way. Sad statement, hoping you amend it.

However, some rushed to the musician’s defense, writing, “I SO agree, Brian!!! Suicide doesn’t take your pain away, it gifts it to those you leave behind. A gift they can never return or escape from. A gift they may, ultimately, regift.”

The comments prompted Welch to post another statement on Facebook, writing, “I didn’t mean to sound insensitive about Chester. Just dealing with a range of emotions today. Love you Chester. I’m pissed that you did this, but I know this could have been me back in the day after getting wasted one night.”

Bennington was found dead in his home Thursday morning at the age of 41. The death is being treated as an apparent suicide. Bennington was good friends with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who was found dead in May. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging.

According to the New York Daily News, Korn dedicated the song “Blind” to Bennington at a show in Massachusetts on Thursday.

“I want to dedicate this song tonight to all our homeboy Chester Bennington y’all,” lead singer Jonathan Davis said. “Y’ll make some noise for Chester. We love you brother!”

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Chester Bennington, Linkin Park Lead Singer, Dies at 41 of Apparent Suicide

Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, was found dead in his home Thursday morning at the age of 41, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office confirmed.

At 8:56 a.m., local police responded to an address 2800 block of Via Vittoria in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. The Coroner’s office responded shortly after 9 a.m. and is current at the scene conducting a full investigation.

The death is being treated as an apparent suicide.

TMZ first reported the news. Law enforcement sources told the outlet that he was found after hanging himself.

Bennington was good friends with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who was found dead in May. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging.

Today, July 20, was Cornell’s birthday.

The band just released a new music video on Thursday for its song “Talking To Myself” off the new album “One More Light.”

The band’s reps have not responded to requests for comment.

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Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, was found dead in his home Thursday morning at the age of 41, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office confirmed.

At 8:56 a.m., local police responded to an address 2800 block of Via Vittoria in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. The Coroner’s office responded shortly after 9 a.m. and is current at the scene conducting a full investigation.

The death is being treated as an apparent suicide.

TMZ first reported the news. Law enforcement sources told the outlet that he was found after hanging himself.

Bennington was good friends with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who was found dead in May. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging.

Today, July 20, was Cornell’s birthday.

The band just released a new music video on Thursday for its song “Talking To Myself” off the new album “One More Light.”

The band’s reps have not responded to requests for comment.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Chris Cornell’s Widow Responds to Toxicology Report Results: ‘Something Went Terribly Wrong’

After Chris Cornell’s toxicology report was released on Friday, the Soundgarden singer’s widow, Vicky, issued a statement in response to the results.

“We have learned from this report that several substances were found in his system,” she told People. “After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgement seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind.

“Something clearly went terribly wrong and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back.”

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The report, which was first obtained by TMZ, confirmed the presence of prescription drugs in the singer’s system at the time of his death last month. Prior to receiving these results, Cornell’s family had expressed doubt about whether or not his death by hanging was precipitated by prescription drugs. Their attorney Kirk Pasich said they were “mystified” that the medical examiner announced the cause of death as suicide before the toxicology results were released.

Cornell’s widow went on to say Friday that “many of us who know Chris well, noticed that he wasn’t himself during his final hours and that something was very off.

“We very much appreciate all of the love we have received during this extremely difficult time and are dedicated to helping others in preventing this type of tragedy,” she added.

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Cornell was found dead in a Detroit, Michigan, hotel room on May 17, several hours following a performance.

His death was ruled a suicide by hanging. The powerhouse vocalist of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog fame was 52. A private funeral was held on May 26 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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After Chris Cornell’s toxicology report was released on Friday, the Soundgarden singer’s widow, Vicky, issued a statement in response to the results.

“We have learned from this report that several substances were found in his system,” she told People. “After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgement seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind.

“Something clearly went terribly wrong and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back.”

The report, which was first obtained by TMZ, confirmed the presence of prescription drugs in the singer’s system at the time of his death last month. Prior to receiving these results, Cornell’s family had expressed doubt about whether or not his death by hanging was precipitated by prescription drugs. Their attorney Kirk Pasich said they were “mystified” that the medical examiner announced the cause of death as suicide before the toxicology results were released.

Cornell’s widow went on to say Friday that “many of us who know Chris well, noticed that he wasn’t himself during his final hours and that something was very off.

“We very much appreciate all of the love we have received during this extremely difficult time and are dedicated to helping others in preventing this type of tragedy,” she added.

Cornell was found dead in a Detroit, Michigan, hotel room on May 17, several hours following a performance.

His death was ruled a suicide by hanging. The powerhouse vocalist of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog fame was 52. A private funeral was held on May 26 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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